Two separate car accidents over the weekend of August 13 on the Angeles Crest Highway have both officials and motorists concerned about the future and the safety of the highway and its commuters. Two motorists were killed in separate accidents, making them the 4th and 5th fatalities since the reopening of the highway recently.
On Sunday, a blue Honda ran off the road near mile marker 32 on San Gabriel Canyon Road between the hours of 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., according to a witness who was watching from the Coldwater Campground. The name of the victim was not initially released, but was identified as a female between 40 and 50 years old, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Connolly.
Another fatal car accident occurred on Saturday afternoon, when a driver lost control of his car and overturned, according to CHP Officer Anthony Martin. The identity of the victim was not made available either.
The California Department of Transportation has launched an investigation into these deaths. The California Highway Patrol attributed on accident to excessive speed and another to drunk driving. The CHP has also increased the number of patrol cars on the highway.
Despite these precautions, drivers would be best to remain alert and defensive while on this highway.
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